VIDEO: How money walks — and sometimes runs — from one state to another

By Rob Nikolewski on November 25, 2013

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
ALBUQUERQUE — Travis Brown says the future belongs to states that embrace lower taxes, and he points to statistics from the Internal Revenue Service to prove it.
“Money walks to the places where it’s most welcome,” Brown told New Mexico Watchdog. “People generally flee high-tax states and flock to low-tax [...]

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ABQ Tea Party, six others, reject ‘expedited review’ from the IRS

By Rob Nikolewski on July 17, 2013

The Internal Revenue Service has offered seven conservative political groups — including the Albuquerque Tea Party – an “expedited review” of applications for tax-exempt status but the lawyers representing the organizations rejected it Wednesday (July 17), calling the government’s offer “deeply flawed.”
In June, the IRS approached the groups with a deal: The groups looking for [...]

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Gov’t lawyers really love Barack Obama

By Rob Nikolewski on June 17, 2013

A review of Federal Election Commission records by a law professor at Pepperdine University found that not only did lawyers at federal agencies contribute more to Barack Obama than Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election but that every single federal agency reported an overwhelming advantage to Obama.
The analysis also showed that two federal agencies [...]

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Editorial: Not so enchanting after all

By Rob Nikolewski on June 2, 2013

In May of 2009, Barack Obama held one of his first news conferences with the White House press corps and New York Times reporter Jeff Zeleny asked him …
Well, what tough question do you think would come from a hard-bitten group that prides itself on its preternatural skepticism?
Why the new President, three months into his [...]

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ABQ Tea Party joins federal lawsuit against the IRS

By Rob Nikolewski on May 31, 2013

The Albuquerque Tea Party has joined a federal lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service and other federal government entities over allegations the IRS singled out conservative groups and delayed determining their requested non-profit status.
“We are in the lawsuit,” Albuquerque Tea Party president Rick Harbaugh told New Mexico Watchdog Friday morning.
He said the group’s 10-member board [...]

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Gary Johnson on scandals: Don’t let Obama (or Congress) off the hook

By Rob Nikolewski on May 23, 2013

(In light of the recent scandals involving the IRS targeting conservative groups and the Obama administration’s Justice Department seizing phone records from journalists, New Mexico Watchdog asked former two-term governor of New Mexico and 2012 Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson to offer his opinion on the controversies. Here’s Gov. Johnson’s response:)
By Gary Johnson │ [...]

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IRS protesters gather in Albuquerque

By Rob Nikolewski on May 21, 2013

Angry at disclosures that the Internal Revenue Service has admitted targeting Tea Party groups and conservative organizations, an estimated 130 protesters gathered at the IRS office in Albuquerque during the lunch hour on Tuesday (May 21).
A number of the protesters were members of the Albuquerque and Rio Rancho Tea Parties and a line covered the [...]

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Here’s the 83-year-old WWII internment camp survivor the IRS asked about

By Rob Nikolewski on May 20, 2013

The Internal Revenue Service not only wanted a wide variety of information from the Albuquerque Tea Party‘s application for non-profit status, it also wanted to know what contacts it had with people from other political organizations too.
That included an 83-year-old great-grandmother who was once held in a World War II internment camp, New Mexico Watchdog [...]

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NM Tea Party group says IRS has hassled them UPDATE: State GOP wants action

By Rob Nikolewski on May 13, 2013

News over the weekend that the Internal Revenue Service admitted targeting tea party groups and other conservative organizations across the country wasn’t shocking to the leader of the Albuquerque Tea Party.
They’ve been a target since 2009, Albuquerque Tea Party President RiIck Harbaugh told New Mexico Watchdog on Monday.
“I’d call it harassment,” Harbaugh said. “They’re trying [...]

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Gary Johnson qualifies for matching funds, will get $100,000 to start

By Rob Nikolewski on May 31, 2012

The Federal Election Commission on Thursday (May 31) announced that Libertarian Party presidential candidate and former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson has qualified for federal matching funds and that Johnson’s third-party bid for the nation’s highest office will receive an initial payment of $100,000 in public funds.
“The fact that our campaign has attracted the broad-based [...]

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